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Cost of accessing WSIS II
Cost of accessing WSIS II 18 November 2005 APC

Had some conversations yesterday, and I thought I would share what I have found out in terms of some cost of participating in this event….I am wondering how much the total cost of building up these sprawling white tents cost, or hiring of the buses for the shuttle service, the planting of the trees, the printing of the Tunisian President’s picture to grace the streets… and I wonder how the payment for this eventually trickles down to you, me and the countless people who have no idea...

Snapshot: Ana María Ponce (.pe)
Snapshot: Ana María Ponce (.pe) 18 November 2005 APC

She’s a Peruvian heading towards The Mountain Forum in Nepal. The forum is particularly created as a medium of alternative communication for mountainous areas, which is why, since its conception, it has specifically used the internet as a communication tool between the participating people and communities that constitute the different nodes.

US slams Tunisia on human rights
US slams Tunisia on human rights 18 November 2005 APC

The US delegation to WSIS expressed disappointment with Tunisia’s failure to secure rights of expression and assembly

Reporting WSIS... the translation chain
Reporting WSIS... the translation chain 17 November 2005 APC

Oneworld Southeast Europe team choose to contribute to the event translating some of the articles, comments, opinion coming from APC WSIS Blog, in its language edition: Albanian, Macedonian and Southslavic language group. The reason is simply that we belive that what is happening in Tunis is about us.

Software freedom? It's Microsoft-only
Software freedom? It's Microsoft-only 17 November 2005 APC

The official online press service of WSIS is available for Microsoft users only. The password protected photos download facility of the WSIS press centre is customized for Microsoft only. The setup of the official media-service site was done so that no software other than Internet Explorer can be used. Thus, journalists using non-proprietary software are effectively prevented from using the off...

Strikes, counter strikes in human-rights
Strikes, counter strikes in human-rights 16 November 2005 APC

Today was a day of cancellation. The GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology) Book launch was scheduled to happen at 2:00 pm, but in a demonstration of solidarity, APC decided to withdraw and cancel all of its side events scheduled for today…

WSISlinks... do check these out
WSISlinks... do check these out 16 November 2005 APC

Some official and not-so-official links to sites covering the WSIS.

Email addresses get a face ... finally
Email addresses get a face ... finally 16 November 2005 APC

For me, 15th November@WSIS, by far, was the most interesting and useful day since am here. It was great indeed, when many more email addresses in my address book finally got a face ;)

Off site, in focus: ICT access in Africa
Off site, in focus: ICT access in Africa 16 November 2005 APC

My day started with a failed attempt to check in at the APC stand in ICT4all. Crowds of people were queuing to make it inside in time for the opening of the Summit. Having read Jac’s diversity blog I cast an analytical eye over them. Only one category stood out. Suits.

Everyone leads their own WSIS process
Everyone leads their own WSIS process 16 November 2005 APC

There are so many different caucuses and groups and everyone leads their own WSIS process. It’s a pity that civil society couldn’t find its way to consolidation for stronger influence on the process. As a result such an important issues as environmental sustainability, impact of the ICTs on the human health, unification of standards in different parts of the world, different systems...

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